History Stories
CATEGORY: Desserts
A Look at Food Fads in America
September 12, 2014

Food fads have come and gone in many cultures and in various forms for centuries, but America has had a particularly unique affinity for adopting—and dropping—culinary trends with regularity. Read More

Pandowdy, Buckles, Slumps and Grunts: America’s Forgotten Apple Desserts
August 15, 2014

While the names of these dishes aren’t as familiar to us these days, at one time they were the most popular desserts in America. Read More

Thomas Jefferson: America’s Pioneering Gourmand
July 3, 2014

Founding Father, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, appropriator of the Louisiana Purchase, gastronome…? Read More

Snow in Summer: A Global History of Frozen Treats
June 20, 2014

The origins of summer's favorite chilled dairy treats are difficult to pin down. Read More

The Girl Scout Cookie: A Delicious Tradition
January 10, 2014

Get the story behind the annual event and find out how to make a batch of your own. Read More

Mincemeat: It’s What’s for (Christmas) Dinner
December 23, 2013

Mincemeat has a history almost as flavorful as its long list of ingredients. Read More

Frozen History: The Story of the Popsicle
August 16, 2013

Believe it or not, the mind behind this summer indulgence wasn’t a marketing honcho, or even a chef – it was an 11-year-old boy. Read More

The Colorful History of Shaved Ice
July 18, 2013

As the summer temperatures rise, so do our cravings for icy treats to beat the heat. Get the low down on snow cones, snowballs and Italian ice. Read More

Lunch With Libby: Baked Alaska
June 7, 2013

HISTORY's chief historian explores the origins of one of the greatest culinary creations of the Gilded Age. Read More

The Delicious History of the Yule Log
December 21, 2012

‘Tis the season for rich food traditions, including that of the Christmas Yule log. Read More